What I’m Learning Outside the Church Bubble: Day One

What I’m Learning Outside the Church Bubble: Day One

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01.

March 26, 2015—This is the first of a three-part series by popular blogger and Columbia Theological Seminary graduate Jan Edmiston. In this series, Edmiston examines different ways the Church can utilize secular business practices and principles in the “business” of running a church. In this post, Edmiston asks some great questions of church leaders regarding why we do things the way we do, and they reflect whom we believe we are as a church.

Several colleagues and I are spending a few days in a class called “Leading a Vibrant Faith Community” in the Non-Profit Management Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University this week, and we wish you could be here too. My mind is awhirl with ideas about church vitality. To cut to the chase, here are my latest sweeping declarations based on what we were learning:

A couple of insights from the day’s lectures:

There’s much more, but the best part of being here is the blessing of seeing what we do and how we do it through a different lens.

Along the Journey will post What I’m Learning Outside the Church Bubble: Day Two next Thursday.

Jan Edmiston is the associate executive presbyter for ministry in the Presbytery of Chicago, where she has served since 2011. Prior to that she served congregations in northern Virginia and New York. She completed her MDiv at Andover Newton Theological School and her DMin in Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in 2001. She has graciously agreed to let us repost some of her blog entries (including guest bloggers) from A Church for Starving Artists.

And when you need to re-enter the church bubble, the Center for Lifelong Learning offers courses on preaching and teaching for those in the pulpit and those in the pew. Visit our course list here to learn more about our classes.

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